Canadian Wood Nettle (Laportea canadensis)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 12 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Flowers: Other: tiny white flowers in clusters slightly showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Cooked greens
Will Naturalize
Eating Methods: Cooked
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Toxicity: Other: covered in stinging hairs
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Monoecious


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 26, 2018 7:39 PM

This woodland wildflower and forb is closely related to the Stinging Nettle and was classified as Urtica also. It grows in moist woods and along shady watercourses from Nova Scotia to southern Manitoba down into Florida to Oklahoma & Kansas. It has tiny stinging hairs over all parts of the plant so one must careful about touching it. The young foliage can be cooked to be like spinach, and cooking is supposed to neutralize the little stinging hairs. There are supposed to be some medical uses.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Urtica; for ID by Chillybean Aug 1, 2015 12:27 PM 19
Wildflowers in Northern gardens? by CarolineScott Sep 18, 2013 6:23 AM 22

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